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ERIC Number: EJ950379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0160-2896
Is Variability in Mate Choice Similar for Intelligence and Personality Traits? Testing a Hypothesis about the Evolutionary Genetics of Personality
Stone, Emily A.; Shackelford, Todd K.; Buss, David M.
Intelligence, v40 n1 p33-37 Jan-Feb 2012
This study tests the hypothesis presented by Penke, Denissen, and Miller (2007a) that condition-dependent traits, including intelligence, attractiveness, and health, are universally and uniformly preferred as characteristics in a mate relative to traits that are less indicative of condition, including personality traits. We analyzed between-culture mean standard deviations of preference ratings and rankings provided by nearly 10,000 people in 37 cultures for 18 characteristics in a potential mate. Contrary to the hypothesis, preferences for traits indicating agreeableness and conscientiousness were not more variable than preferences for intelligence, and preferences for traits indicating low neuroticism were more uniform than preferences for intelligence. Discussion addresses implications of these results for hypotheses about the evolutionary genetics of intelligence and personality. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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